The President of India, A P J Abdul Kalam, today called for a comprehensive human brain project with global participation to tackle brain disorders.
Delivering 10th convocation address of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in India, he said the project should aim at preparing a comprehensive structural and functional map of human brain and facilitate convergence of all activities pertaining to brain research.
"This indeed is a challenging task which requires active participation and effective contribution of research institutions like NIMHANS, government agencies, academia and entire medical fraternity," he said.
Kalam said according to an estimate of World Health Organisation, brain disorders would be the greatest health threat in the next few decades to come. The project should tackle diseases like depression, sleep disorders, epilepsy and schizophrenia, he said.
I couldn't agree more with India's President. Fortunately for him, India, and the rest of us, the Human Brain Project, headed by the NIMH in the US, is already in it's 11th year and welcomes international participation.